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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jun 8, 2007 5:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So Many Roads

I've got to weigh back in on this one:

Seems to me that the Dead had their up and down times over thrirty years. 1995 was down. I think if you took a good show from each year and played them for a non deadhead, you would see a lot of grimaces for certain eras--they aren't doing much, the guy's voice creaks and is off key, what's that bogus synth sound? But when "we" listen to these shows, there is a different context. This is "OUR" band. We look for the moments, we look for the "IT" factor. And we hear things differently than the naysayers do.

August 5, 1995 just plain sucks as a shows. it is sloppy, lazy, uncaring, dull, ugly. But it is Jerry's last--the final moan of a dying man who knew he was nearing the finish line. At least it seems that way in retrospect. So we look harder to find redemption. We add our own feelings into the mix, and we listen hard to fins something that is hard to find--if it is even there. We listen for the power that lies all but extinguished in the heart and soul of a dying man. We elevate the mundane to the status of myth. "Why didn't we listen better?" "Shouldn't we have heard his cries?" So bittersweet.

No really: pretty piss poor to tell the truth. They edited out the solo for the "So Many Roads" release, it was that bad. But that's the magic of the Dead. We as listeners fill in quite a few of the blanks. That's half the deal right there.That's how and why we "get it" and others don't. We are willing to find beauty in the most unlikely places. We find the diamonds in the rough.

We are the band.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Jun 8, 2007 1:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So Many Roads

Amen ghost

ps For robony: http://www.archive.org/details/gd95-07-09.sbd.7233.sbeok.shnf